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questions by email. We
will post them and the answers on this page for the benefit of
I need some gift
ideas for a boater. Any
suggestions?Yes, we have suggestions on
our Gift Basket Ideas
page. Fran's Gift Basket Blog has additional
Where is Sidney,
Sidney is located on Vancouver Island
approximately 45 minutes north of Victoria which is the
capital city of B.C.
How do I
arrive at Sidney, B.C.?
The Victoria International Airport as well as
the BC Ferry and Anacortes Ferry Terminals are within
fifteen minutes drive.
total newbie – where do I start?
You may take a
Basic course, either Sail
or Power and the Coastal
purchased my first boat, can you help
Certainly, I specialize in assisting new
boat owners. If you need assistance in handling your
vessel, learning your vessel's systems and navigational
equipment, pre-departure checks and basic maintenance I can
Do I need a license to
operate a boat?
As of 2002,
any person operating any powered recreational boat less
than 4 metres (including personal watercraft) must
provide proof of
competency. As of September 15,
2009 any person operating any powered
recreational boat must have proof of
What qualifications do I
need to charter a boat?
Previous experience on tidal
waters in a similar sized boat and/or the CYA
plus Coastal Navigation
and/or CPS Boating course
Can you answer "YES" to the
- Am I confident
handling a boat of this size in tidal waters?
- Have I the
navigational skills to safely pilot a boat?
- Do I have copies of
any certification showing my qualifications?
I have chartered a boat.
Do you have any suggestions for an
First day - the quaint settlement of Fulford Harbour on
Saltspring Island or anchor at Portland Island.
Second day - Bedwell Harbour on South Pender Island.
If you are lucky the Dall Porpoises may play around the bow of
the boat as you cross Boundary Pass. Either stay at
Beaumont Marine Park on a mooring or at anchor or docked at
Poets Cove Resort. Time for a shower and a swim in the
Third day - cruise to Montague Harbour Marine Park on
Galiano Island. If the winds are light or you want a
short day, you could stay the night at Otter Bay Marina on
North Pender Island.
Fourth day - Ganges Harbour on Saltspring Island.
Ganges is the largest town in the Gulf Islands. Be sure
to check out the Craft Fair and all the shops. If you
have a sweet tooth stop at "Glad's Candy & Ice Cream
Fifth day - anchor in Glenthorne Passage on Prevost Island.
Sixth day - dock at Fulford Harbour on Saltspring Island or
anchor in Royal Cove on Portland Island, whichever one you
missed on the first day.
Seventh day - return to the Marina.
What are some other
destinations in the Gulf Islands?
See The Boating Forum - Destinations
How many people am I
allowed to have on board a boat?
Usually the number of
persons should not exceed the number of berths.
What months do you
We operate year round. The most
popular months are April to September.
Certainly! See our fishing page.